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Aug 28, 2017

Spreading Awareness on Sustaining Breastfeeding

Nupur Bidla during the presentation at TNAI
Nupur Bidla during the presentation at TNAI

 

 

Dear Supporters,

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

August, 2017  bas been special because of the 25th World Breastfeeding Week !

BPNI has been leading the way and mobilizing thousands of breastfeeding advocates across the country from past 25 years during the World Breastfeeding Week. 

This year's  is theme was " SUSTAINING BREASTFEEDING-Building Alliances without Conflicts of Interest". BPNI engaged in several awareness activities during the World Breastfeeding Week 2017 to propagate the value system of sustaining breastfeeding through building alliances without conflicts of interest. 

BPNI's technical team was at several awareness and advocacy events in Delhi to talk about this year's WBW theme. The events included technical sessions about advocacy for breastfeeding action and  related issues. 

BPNI's communication officer went as a resources person on advocacy efforts required for breastfeeding action at country level. She gave a presentation at the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) in association with Association of Lactation Professionals India(ALPI) on 6th August 2017. More than 100 participants took part in the event and also signed a petition run by BPNI for allocating dedicated funds for breastfeeding interventions to curb infant mortality and preventing malnutrition. Dr.J P Dadhich , National Coordinator ,BPNI also delivered a lecture on sustaining breastfeeding and its relevence at TNAI. 

We are happy to share that BPNI could raise more than 300 signatures for the petition from the event and through digital platform Change.org India and is still counting. BPNI plans to submit the petition to the prime minister of India by first week of September. 

We would like to extend are heartiest thank you to all our supporters for encouraging us through their monetary support. Also, would request our supporters to sign the petition on change.org in support of breastfeeding. (Link is attached)

Thank you !

Participating in a group work session at TNAI
Participating in a group work session at TNAI
Dr.J P Dadhich during a presentation at TNAI
Dr.J P Dadhich during a presentation at TNAI

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May 17, 2017

Early breastfeeding advocacy for C-Section babies

Banner of the Consultation
Banner of the Consultation

Dear Freinds , 

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you a report of our advoacy efforts made with one of the ace central government medical college Dr. R.M.L. Hospital and PGIMER, New Delhi on 4th May 2017.

Dr.Ajay Khera Deputy commissioner of child health and immunisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was also present to adress the participants. He is one of the key bureaucrat from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , Government of India.

BPNI's Central Coordinator Dr.Arun Gupta participated as an expert in the consultation. The theme of the consultation was "Quality improvement initiative on early initiation of breastfeeding among Caesarean born babies". The conference was organized by Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Anesthesia and Neonatology. 

The key objective of the consultation was:

  • To Sensitize about issues related to breastfeeding among caesarean deliveries.
  • To develop an action plan  for a  quality improvement model to achieve skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding among caesarean deliveries.
  • Urge MOH for inclusive policy on these issues with an aim to favorably impact overall breast feeding rates in our country.

Dr Arun Gupta, delivered a short talk highlighting importance of early initiation of breastfeeding in newborns especially in caesarean born babies as this mode constitutes about one third of all deliveries. Also that although now 80% of deliveries are institutional, these overall low rates of early initiation and exclusive breast feeding rates among Indian mothers can be impacted favourably if a directed effort  as one in this meeting can be achieved. He also outlined steps to be taken especially during antenatal period to make this possible.

It was unanimously agreed upon that:

  •  Skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding are powerful interventions for improving overall neonatal outcomes.
  •  Currently these indicators are low especially among Caesarean deliveries and that achieving skin to skin and early initiation of breastfeeding in all deliveries including in the OTs is important and feasible.
  • The minutes of this meeting and key recommendations should be presented (after consensus from the key stakeholders who participated in the meeting) to the MOH to consider an inclusive policy to be framed in this regard.

With this advocacy effort BPNI was able to develop relationships with the key personnels fom the medical college and bureaucrats of Government of India . We plan to pitch IYCF counselling specilatist and middle level trainings at New Delhi State Level with them in future fulfilling our objective of creating breastfeeding counselors in India.

Thank you for all your support.

Best Regards, 

BPNI Team 

Dr.Arun Gupta addressing the participants
Dr.Arun Gupta addressing the participants
participants at the consultation
participants at the consultation
Feb 15, 2017

Building Capacity on IYCF Counseling in Bihar

BPNI trainer taking the role play session
BPNI trainer taking the role play session

Dear Friends, 

Greetings rom Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you field level report from Bihar, India . As part of this project BPNI has done several advocacy meetings in the past in states. BPNI's advocacy could convince the state governments to build their capcity by training their human resource as national trainers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)skilled counseling.Training is one of BPNI's forte over the years, till date BPNI's has trained thousand's of  health care professionals and workers in India. 

In this report we would like to share insights from our  training of trainers in Bihar,India.This middle level training was conducted at NMCH  Medical College, Patna.

This was the first Middle Level Trainers Training courses in Patna held under Mother Absolute Affection Programme (MAA) by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare  with National Health Mission Bihar and UNICEF Patna. BPNI is the technical partner to this monumental national breatfeeding promotion programme.The first batch comprised of 25 participants from 13 districts of the state.

Post the training the middle level trainers will help their respective states to conduct further district level capacity building training on IYCF counseling.These trainers will reach out to field level workers helping in creating many more breastfeeding counselors. 

The training was held between 16th to 22nd January 2017. We wish to conduct many more training of trainers in more states with the state governments and other development partners for a holistic coverage.

Thank you. 

Best Regards,

BPNI Team 

A trainer explaining anatomy of breast
A trainer explaining anatomy of breast
Participants during practical help session
Participants during practical help session
 
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